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Diplomacy in play

The role of sport in early Korea–Israel relations
ByGuy Podoler

This study is a historical research of South Korea-Israel relations that aims to shed fresh light on the history of the two countries’ connections and to contribute a case study to the research on the place of sport in international affairs. The author argues that, at the eve of the establishment of formal relations, and during their early stages, sport functioned as a prominent cultural agent in bringing the two countries closer. Through sport encounters, official ties were kept and strengthened, and a window opened to a distant foreign culture.